ERIC Number: ED194980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
The major thesis of this paper on declining resources and enrollment is that the management of decline, or, as the author calls it, "contraction," is not simply an economic and technical problem; it is basically a conceptual and political one. The author first considers the effects of contraction on schools, buildings, and courses, touching on the problems of school closure and the risk, at the college level, of such competition for students that it distorts the mission of the university. Effects on teachers and the career of teaching are considered, including the aging of the teaching force and a need for increased inservice training. He also briefly identifies effects on teacher recruitment and selection and on educational opportunities for the disadvantaged. Several procedures for dealing with decline are suggested, including short-range and long-range planning, and re-examination of the styles of management that worked well during periods of growth. It will also be important to guard against irresponsible rhetoric and to take care not to overemphasize the horrors of decline. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrative Problems, Decision Making, Declining Enrollment, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Equal Education, Financial Problems, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Long Range Planning, Planning, Retrenchment, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Selection, Teachers, Teaching Experience
Not available separately; see EA 013 022.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Center for Continuing Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom